How Ben Silbermann of Pinterest Cleaned Out My File Cabinet

BEFORE PINTEREST

MY FILE DRAWERS BEFORE PINTEREST

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Today’s Assignment: publish a post that includes a new-to-you element.
I’ve chosen my Pinterest Board ~ Interior Design.

While Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann and a few programmers were still operating Pinterest out of an apartment I joined up and started ‘pinning’.
I’ve had a life-long love affair with Interior design, good upholstered furniture, and art.  I clipped pictures and articles out of my favorite Shelter magazines and eventually had a whole drawer of a file cabinet filled with ideas for projects and potential purchases.  The problem is that I also love gardening, flower arranging, crafts, and easy recipes.  There is only so much room in a house and you have to dedicate a certain amount to storage to the necessary things like groceries, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper.

ENTER PINTEREST

I was a little freaked out about putting pictures of things in magazines on a website with my name on it, I mean what about copyright infringement?  I didn’t want to end up paying $25,000.00 in fines or spending time in prison, now that Martha Stewart is out–what fun is there in that?  But magazines and companies were quick to realize the potential of having regular people promote their products.  I sent an email to the editor of Traditional Home magazine asking permission to ‘pin’ content and he sent back a kind yes and said they were busy putting together their own Pinterest site.  http://www.pinterest.com/traditionalhome/
I’ve had other yeses from House Beautiful, Christopher Spitzmiller, and IHasCheezburger.com.  In fact, no one I’ve asked has said no, they just ask for attribution.  I still haven’t emptied my file drawer, but since I joined Pinterest I haven’t added much to a real file.  It’s all available online!
For this assignment I’ve embedded my Pinterest Board dedicated to Interior Design.   

WordPress has instructions on how to embed all kinds of other sites and information:
http://en.support.wordpress.com/shortcodes/

Are you on Pinterest?  How many times a week do you pin?

7 Comments on “How Ben Silbermann of Pinterest Cleaned Out My File Cabinet

  1. I’ve had a Pinterest account for ages, but I almost never use it. Evernote, Delicious, Foursquare,Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Pocket, WordPress — and the list is growing. I’m still working on a way to seamlessly incorporate them all.

    I did start to pin things recently. I’m interested in learning about the 70’s. It’s neat that you can quickly find other people who are interested in the same thing.

    Are there community forums on Pinterest, or ways to comment as we’re doing now?

    I like your Pinterest board, btw. 🙂

    • Hi Steven, If you ever get it all incorporated you have to share the secret! To comment on Pinterest just click on the image and it will enlarge and a comment box is displayed. The 70’s. Here’s a brief recap: polyester clothing, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Watergate Hearings replace daytime soap operas, OPEC oil embargo leads to long gas lines in US, Tom Wolfe coins phrase ‘Me Generation’, Vietnam War on TV leads to student protests which lead to the end of the war, The Godfather, The Sting, & Star Wars, Rocky, Jaws, Monty Python Holy Grail, Coming Home & The Deer Hunter, Classic Rock & Disco (and John Travolta dancing), Margaret Thatcher elected British PM, China’s Mao Zedong dies, floppy disk, laser printer,ink-jet printer, LCD, microprocessor, videocassette, ethernet, post-it notes the artificial heart and MRI are all invented in the 70’s. That’s because Americans were still good at math & science back then and we didn’t have the internet distracting us:)

      • Do you now Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’?

        I read your post with that beat in my head. 🙂

        Since I was born in the seventies all that you mentioned and more were in the background as I was taking in my first impressions of the world. I thought by learning more about the 70’s and 80’s I could learn a bit more about myself, my tastes, my character.

        Looking at the fashion from either period, I’m feeling like a survivor. 🙂

  2. I love Pinterest but am not big into it. I barely can keep up with blogging and photgraphy. Love it, though, when I’m on it, maybe once a week. Our family used it for Christmas wish lists this past holiday and it was awesome for getting the exact things. Took the brainwork out of shopping. I did try to use and actually shop at local vendors but did have to choose the online shopping for hard-to-find times. One thing great-a local handmade jewelry designer where my daughter chose a couple pieces. Haha, they were closed for Christmas! (Wise choice, perhaps!) but knowing this can allow me to shop for next Christmas and order that jewelry.

    • I’m with you Alexandria, keeping up is impossible—so I use it when I feel like it. It is a great tool for curating ideas. I should make a board of the gifts I should have given! I think of the best ideas after Christmas. Maybe if I put them on Pinterest I could improve next year’s choice of gifts! As the French would say, Bon Idee:)

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